January 6, 2012 in Features

The Slice: From the ‘Sound’ of it, all good

By The Spokesman-Review
 

From what I’ve heard, the “Sound of Music” singalong last week was a hit.

So what other musicals might lend themselves to similar treatment, in Spokane anyway?

Let’s consider.

“West Side Story”: Longtime fans of this classic could explain to the uninitiated that the show has nothing to do with Seattle. Who wouldn’t enjoy singing along with some of the most beautiful songs ever? Could have a guys-only version of “I Feel Pretty.”

“My Fair Lady”: We would find out who can sing during “I Could Have Danced All Night.” And maybe everyone could slosh mugs of beer on “Get Me to the Church on Time.”

“South Pacific”: Excellent costume options for a city that enjoys summertime and casual attire.

“The Wizard of Oz”: This could be a roaring success. Most wouldn’t even need the subtitles. “But we’ve got to verify it legally.”

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”: I’m momentarily blanking on the songs, but I remember that it is set in the Northwest. We could dress accordingly.

“The King and I”: Calling all bald men.

“Mary Poppins”: Life’s a jolly holiday with Mary. “Chim chim cher-oo.”

“Grease”: Perhaps his relatives could tempt John Travolta into making a special appearance.

“Oklahoma!”: This could be huge here. Western themes, a guy named Curly and “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No.”

“The Music Man”: OK, a few tongues might get tangled up during “Trouble.” But those of us here in our own River City might do a fine job with “Shipoopi.” Librarians admitted free.

“1776”: There are a lot of people here who pretend to know exactly what the Founding Fathers thought about everything. Here’s a chance for them to put their mouths where their mouths are.

“The Producers”: But only for those who understand that Franz Liebkind is a joke, not a role model.

“Bye Bye Birdie”: Channel your inner Ann-Margret.

“Vision Quest”: OK, this isn’t really a musical. But how often will you get a chance to sing along with Madonna when she’s in Spokane, so to speak?

Today’s Slice question: Who remembers the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@ spokesman.com. There’s a PB &J and then there’s a PB&J.


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